Are Mermaids Real? BY:PATTy maurer

I personally believe in them but I do not know if they are real. I really hope they are because they are really cool and I want to become one some day but I really doubt it though.

Here are some of mermaid tales that I think are real.

I think real mermaid tale.
Another tale.
Here are another tale.

I personally love mermaids!

In 2012 the Animal Plant aired a show. Trying to prove that mermaids were real. The film appeared to be in a document. They "scientist" (paid actors) and camera footage.The show was very brief disclaimer in the end credits noting work it was work of fiction but many viewers thought that proof of mermaids' existence had finally come to light!

Picture of the National Geographic show of the mermaids!

A month later after the program aired the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration posted a statement on its website bouncing the supposed existence of half- human half-fish beings. No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found," the post read. In mythology, mermaids — or mermaidlike creatures — have existed for thousands of years.

The first myths of mermaids may have originated around 1000 B.C. — stories tell the tale of a Syrian goddess who jumped into a lake to turn into a fish, but her great beauty could not be changed and only her bottom half transformed.

Since then, many other mermaid stories have appeared in folklore from various cultures around the world. For instance, the African water spirit Mami Wata is mermaid in form, as is the water spirit Lasirn, who is popular in folklore in the Caribbean Islands.

Throughout history, various explorers have reported sightings of mermaids, the most famous of which was Christopher Columbus.

Columbus claimed to have spotted mermaids near Haiti in 1493, which he described as being "not as pretty as they are depicted, for somehow in the face they look like men," according to the American Museum of Natural History.

Captain John Smith is described in Edward Rowe Snow's "Incredible Mysteries and Legends of the Sea" (Dodd Mead, January 1967) as seeing a big-eyed, green-haired mermaid in 1614 off the coast of Newfoundland; apparently Smith felt "love" for her until he realized she was a fish from the waist down.

Experts believe Columbus, Smith and other mermaid-spotting explorers really caught glimpses of human-sized marine mammals called manatees and dugongs.

Indeed, despite past and recent "sightings" of the mythical sea creatures, mermaids, like the Lock Ness Monster, may just be a case of mistaken identity.

There is also shows that like "Mako Mermaids: An H2O Adventure", and " H2O". So I believe that they are real but scientist still have not discovered if they are real or not.

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